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Some of these girls want $20-$25 per hour of hanging with a single child while they are awake. $15 for them asleep!! Is it just me or is this insane?

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Although I agree with what most of you are saying.... there is another way to look at this situation. 

The hourly rate is something you agreed upon when you hired the babysitter. You can find a sitter that goes by the hour, day, week... some as cheap as $5 an hour and some as high as $40 (you normally get what you pay for.)

The debate on overnight rates range from person to person. Regardless, that person is still caring for your children. That person can't be out on the town or even in their own bed. They are confined to your house and are responsible for watching your kids. They may not do as much during that "slow time" but that's a price you pay for having the advantage of being out after "regular working hours." 

Think of it like this.... If you were a cashier at a grocery store, your hourly rate is the same regardless of your sales or if there is anyone in your line. Night time cashiers can spend a lot of time.... standing around doing nothing. The point? You are still at work.... you are still on the clock... you are still getting paid. If it's slow at work does your boss lower your pay? No. 

This isn't to say that I don't lower my rate for "down hours" because I do, but I'm known as a people pleaser. But many people i know don't.... and the reasons they don't is because if they are watching your kids, then they aren't home with theirs.... period. The rate they want to be away from their kids is (what ever you guys agreed on) if your kids are sleeping or awake, doesn't change the fact they are sitting at your place and not at theirs. 

Finding reliable child care that you can trust and your children can love... comes at a price... 

Well said Angelina! Sleeping or not we are still responsible for the lives of someone else's child.

If I do all the work, putting child to bed dinner etc, and they are doing NOTHING but sitting on my sofa, what exactly is the justification for such high prices?

Hi David, I do understand what you are saying.... but if everything has been done prior to the sitter's arrival, then that is something you should calculate when you discuss payment. I never said you should have to pay $25 an hour. I am only saying that its not fair to change the hourly rate based on if the child is awake or sleeping (unless the sitter agrees.) Remember, you are paying the sitter for her time. If you feel someone's time is worth less because your child is sleeping, then your best bet is hiring a teenager or someone that agrees to your price. Try setting up a flat rate.

Im a nanny im watching a 5 month old ive been with the family since he was 3/5 months and im with him 10 hrs a day and i only makr $10 hrly that comes out to 2100 a month im ok with that... But do i feel appreciative for all the hard work I do for 10 hours a day" no" I don't I'm there 10 hours a day changing him feeding him helping him picking him up wen he crys makeing sure is happy .. Putting him to sleep making sure his breathing ok all the things a mother would do i DO IT . Am I complaining a little yes but guess what I love my job I love helping parents that can't be there for there children during business hours... I'm just saying finding nanny is not easy for moms... I know that putting your child in a daycare is very expensive and it's less expensive to pay a nanny finding the right nanny that you can trust... Thx.

That's way too little!!! When my daughter is awake I want them to engage and be attentive- I pay $15 per hour. Infants are even higher risk and more work. Suggest a nannyshare to your employers. They are under paying you

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It depends on what kind of care you are looking for,  the number of children you are asking to be watched, as well as your location. As an experienced sitter who is certified in child and infant CPR, has 7+ years of experience, I charge more than the average teenager. I don't watch TV or give the kids an ipad to entertain them, but instead read to them, play dress up/ outside etc. I also have experience with children who have special needs. $25 seems a bit steep for only one child, but I have been paid by many families $20 per hour for watching their child, prepping dinner and giving a night time bath. 

I agree, Joanna.

I am paying for only sitting on my couch. She is not expected to do a single thing. My kid sleeps through the night and is sleep trained so even if she wakes she does not get out of bed and puts herself to sleep. I also send them home in a cab

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The hourly rate depends on the area you live in relative to cost of living and other factors.  Also take into account the experience, certification, and education hired care provider has and adjust accordingly.

I live in southeast Michigan about 40 miles west of Detroit and in my area, the hourly rate during waking hours for one child starts at $15/hr which also includes cleaning related to time with child (i.e., putting dirty clothes in hamper that got dirty from playing outdoors, dishes in sink/dishwasher used during meal/feeding time, and putting toys away that were taken out and played with).  Each additional child has an increase of $2/hr (non-negotiable) and each additional responsibility NOT related to time with child(ren) has another $2/hr increase (also non-negotiable).

Overnight rates are going to depend on what expectations are:  If all you need is someone to help child(ren) get ready for bed and then sleep through the night, I am willing to accept lower hourly rate provided I get a full night's rest without interruption or even a flat rate.  Overnight infant care is a whole other story:  If I'm expected to stay awake to feed pumped milk and/or Similac formula every 2-3 hours, burp, and change diapers, that starts at $20/hr for one baby and an additional $5/hr for each additional baby. 

Speaking for myself, I enjoy the kids in my care and the families I work for; I've gotten opportunity to make many new friends, discover common interests, and much more.  At the same time, this is a job; we have bills to pay or we'll be out of house and home.  

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I can weigh in on both sides of this statement. Having been a parent with three young children, the cost of a sitter was out of reach for us and it was decided that it was more cost effective for me to be a stay at home mom despite the fact that my husband as well as my spouse earned good paying salaries. The trade off just was worth it. However, I realize this is a different time now. A two income family is usually a necessity to live a moderate life style. So, on to part B of my opinion. You get what you pay for. As a nurse, in my younger years, hospitals paid a twenty percent shift differential to work the evening and night shift. It is unnatural for a human to be awake at night. Although the work load might have been lighter, (sometimes) , the responsibility of keeping the individual, safe, comfortable, and happy was still there. That is no different with child care. The caregiver is still responsible for the wellbeing of the child. You, as the parent , have to get up refreshed and ready to face your professional day with a clear head. If you feel angst toward your child care provider, it's probably not a good fit. The provider is there to do just that. Not be the housekeeper. I believe that should be another person with the exception of housekeeping for said child, such as laundry and meal preparation and maintaining a clean environment that the care giver uses for the child. When the seemingly endless night comes that the child is sick, and up all night throwing up or coughing with croup or one of those childhood illnesses that will inevitably, happen, and you have a super important meeting or something at work the next day, the caregiver will more than make up for the quiet nights. 

Thank you Debbie for explaining so eloquently why it is important to pay a Nanny or babysitter a fair rate for overnight care. I have done overnight care for twins in the past. The Mother worked 7pm to 7am as a nurse. I left my full-time job at 5:15pm then drove 45 minutes to get to their home where upon arriving, I took over so the Mom could get ready and leave for work. As soon as she would get home in the morning I would leave and then drive 45 minutes back to my full-time job and work another full-day. I took care of the kids when they vomited overnight, had fevers, fed them dinner and breakfast (cooked or finished the cooking), gave baths, read stories, played with them, got them ready for bed (changing clothes) and ready for the day, also did the kids laundry when it needed done. I cleaned up after the kids. Overnight Nannys/babysitters do MUCH more work than most people think/realize. You are basically a surrogate Mom tending to all of the children's needs. The Father was a truck driver. He would often be asleep when I got to the house and get up at 11 pm to then leave to go to work, he was also working overnights. Yes, I often joked with my full-time co-workers at the University I was employed at Full-Time that I "got paid to sleep", but the people I was joking with knew that this was far from the truth because they were Mothers. As someone else has said in an earlier comment, you get what you pay for. I am a college educated woman with a Masters degree, willing to drive 45 minutes to a job that was in a very tiny town for a family that was also had professionals in it, to watch fraternal twins.

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Diva Sitters - I believe that all depends on what a family is needing paired with what they are paying. Especially in NYC ( I am originally from Brooklyn) your average experienced  (certified/trained) nanny is going to be at least $20/hr for ONE child. Now if you just need someone for an hour or two be a warm body while your child sleeps, then finding high school kids or early college students (if a relative or friend couldn't be there) would be your best bet where $10-$15 would be fair. If you only need care for an hour or two, a flat $40/$50 shouldn't be an issue. Especially if the family is going to spend that to enjoy themselves anyway. Date nights (4 or less hours) tend to be more because its a short amount of time. This is the safety of your child and home. I've heard horrible stories from families who felt they had "diva sitters" in a sense, went to get "cost friendly" sitters instead and had strangers in their home or other freak situations. So it doesn't matter if the child is sleep or not, it's still a life in the hands of another person. They are taking their time out to relieve you as you go enjoy yourself or do what it is you have to. Going forward, you should look more into people in your neighborhood or family that you trust so that your after tax income won't feel depleted after two hours of child care.

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That is a crazy amount...in my area the going rate is about $10-12/hour...maybe up to 15 depending on how many kids, ages, duties, etc. But if I am just sitting there and not dong anything I charge only about $9 an hour..but I rarely just sit...if the kids are asleep I personally always clean the house, pick up toys, fold laundry, etc. The $9 is just because I wan to earn at least minimum wage. But I would NOT pay 25$/hour for some girl to just sit and watch TV...like many comments said before I would specify in the interview what you want from your care giver and the pay that they are seeking. Make sure that you see eye to eye on that. And if she wants a little more then maybe ask if she is willing to do extra like clean the house too...

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This is a tricky topic. Many parents nowadays want free time with their spouse. Yet want the cheap possible nanny. In this line of work. You get what you pay for. I am one of the higher paid nannies and house cleaners in my area. I'm also one of the most sought after. Why? I'm CPR cert., I have a degree, I have a long list of references. The TV does not go on when I am there. I Go beyond what is asked of me. Taking care of someone else's child can be very challenging. They don't know you, so they may be more fussy. I'd honestly rather pay the higher rate with more experience, vs someone who's new. Especially if I had a new born or special needs.

I fully agree 100% with you comment. I have so much to offer beyond most babysitters. I hate to sound arrogant and I am not, but I cannot help it because of so much knowledge, skills and experiences I have over the past 25 years working with kids from different age group (from the time the baby is born and until she reaches the age until she crawls). There are several parents that takes a babysitter for granted and it is NOT fair such as an employer put you on a standby and you are stock in your house and cannot do anything else or go anywhere because I am waiting for a phone call because the employer is on call. Any employer that put their employee on standby she should get paid half the fee she is currently receiving per hour to be fair with her time as a standby. I am letting it known to all employers to think on this! If you were the employee, would you like to be on standby without being paid for the time dedicated just to wait whether you are going to come in to work or not. I am sure you will be angry for wasting your time and you feel used and feel taken for the ride! My time is very precious!! I am too busy enough during the week days never mind being put on a standby on weekends where I can be doing errands for myself which I have not done in months. I am NOT angry, I just want fairness! In short, pay me for putting me on a standby or give me a good tip. It feels very good when I know I am appreciated. Saying thank you is not good enough specially when I am on a standby several times. I really feel totally used period! Yes, I am very nice person but do not take my quietness or being nice as desperation or someone stupid! When employer add more work surprisingly I expect more money or give a tip so that I, your babysitter do not feel bad. To employers: Remember it is very difficult to find someone you can trust with your baby or child. I mean someone who loves your children! Love is not only spoiling them but also providing a complete great training as they grow. "Train up a child in the way they should go when they are old they shall not depart from it." It means correct the child with love to give them very bright future!! You want someone GREAT then pay her what she deserves! Someone who can provide enrichment program for advancement before pre-school especially her safety while you are away from home. Written by: Victoriana (Massachusetts)

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That's very crazy , especially if there isn't a big demand for what the child needs.

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I've always advised parents to not look for sitters that charge a difference based on if the child is asleep or not because those sitters tend to worry more about making money than they do about truly caring for the child.  I've always tried to work with parents as far as the price but if I was a child seeker I would recommend to any parent to not reach out to sitters that are out of your means.  Your child's safety is of course your number one priority and for that you are willing to pay a higher price for a qualified sitter but you have to put your foot down when the price gets ridiculously high.  Yes, you deserve a night out but not at the sack of questioning at the end of the night why did you pay so much money on a sitter.  With that being said, you have to remember what is high to you may be reasonable to someone else so I suggest you keep looking.  Sitters with more experience expect more money which I believe is fair but sitters who really enjoy their job will try their best to find a middle ground on price with any potential family. Look not only for a sitter in your means but for a sitter that you believe have their heart in caring for children.

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I'm a pet sitter and I charge $15 each visit or $15 an hour for 2-3 hours or less. If I'm required to stay longer I usually negotiate something. Usually I lower it to $10 an hour. All of this goes up if they have more than one dog, ect. 

I want to get into babysitting as well but I just can't justify watching and being responsible for the lives of multiple children/babies for just $10 an hour. 

The pet sitting price is justified if you compare it to a doggy day care or kennel, which are quite expensive and stressful.
I view the baby sitting the same way. A daycare is probably more expensive, you don't know who your kid is around, there's no one on one time, ect. 

But if your sitter is purely just sitting on the couch while YOU do things, get a new sitter. 

It's not that they are not doing anything it's just that there is absolutely nothing that needs to be done because I finished everything myself- dinner bath bedtime cooking cleaning everything.

If the kid is asleep she just needs to be there there's nothing for her to do

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I come from both the nanny/babysitter side and the employer side. Personally if I'm being hired I first work with what you can afford because I've been paid less then $3 an hour for a single mom who I knew was trying to support her kids and on the other side worked for $20 an hour. I'm helping bring income into my household just as you are. So if your job was paying you 3 times less then what they're paying you now how is that fair to the person your paying? A lot of people who charge cheaper rates watch multiple children, I on the other hand don't do to me having a child of my own and if you're paying me $10/$15/$20 an hour then I"m going to make sure your child is getting the best possible and learning everything they should, cleaning your house, and preparing your meals for when you get home. But if you want to pay me less then that an hour then your definitely not going to get a lot from me. Especially if they're being watched in my home where I have to feed, wash them, and so much more...now your basically just paying for what I'm using. 

I say what you pay depends on what you want for your child. I'm friends with many of the sitters in my area who charge $10-$25 a day and I've seen children sitting in a room, in a dirty home, or just playing all day learning nothing at 2-4 years of age. 

When I go on a date with my husband or we have a military ball to go to, I pay that person $10-$15 an hour even though my son will be sleeping the entire time they're there. I pay because of his age, if he wakes up, but also because they're sitting in my home for however long that night and they're not in their own home in their own bed sleeping or with their own children/significant other.

We're doing a job at the end of the day and how would you feel if you were paid less then minimum wage? Yet, so many are willing to do that to others. Those are the things I think about when I hire someone and for someone I work for.

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To me you have to put yourself in their shoes just like you have experience in the field that your currently working you want to be paid your worth.  We view it differently when we are in need of the service compared to providing the service.  Some people do go to the extreme as far as the duties they want you to performed and only willing to pay you little, so you have to be reasonable and negotiable with both parties. 

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If the parents sit down with the nanny/babysitter during the hiring interview and nail down in exact and clear detail the parents' daily expectations of their potential caregiver, this will help a lot. And if the caregiver expresses her experiences and needs to the parents as well, they can work out a schedule.

On the provider's side, if the caregiver is working an eight hour or longer day, is it unreasonable for the caregiver to take an hour off for lunch? Parents who work eight ours or more in a day usually are allotted time off for lunch. 

These need to be included in the nanny contract.

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I get paid $10 per kid and $5 extra for day trips and such in the summer. For older kids i charge less. However if you are wanting me there to be with your kid you shouldn't change the rate. I have things to do too. So generally if the kid is prone to naps i clean and tidy things up. If you don't want the sitter to have access to netflix change the password or hide the remote. 

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I'm a mom of two boys(young) age 26 who does some care in home for a child as well as over nights and date nights. I pay a sitter 40$ for a date night of 4 to 5 hours and she is 17. I was recommended by a friend. But as a care giver I new she only had exsperience with a couple of other families and after meeting she was great for the night sitting job we needed, she did not have to do anything because my kids were usually asleep or heading to bed... I've sat for many families and usually what they discuss in the job for pay over email, text or web site is what I go with. Every family is different.  Someone who is young asking for over 10-12 per hour is to steep in my opinion regardless of where you live. If you have only exsperience watching a family a few times you shouldn't be asking for more in my opinion. If you want more pay then get certified or go to school to earn it. Alway check to see if they are willing to continue education if they are serious about earning more. I sat for a couple last night and their boys are on vacation with them, they to about two and a half hours to fall asleep. It was a little tuff but after giving them every thing I could and countless time going into the room to tell the night night they fell asleep. I was not only paid but I was paid $30 extra for doing a good job by parents I met literally last minute. So it also depends on the family.

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I used to babysit around Long Island NY and the night base rate was $15 per hour. I was in charge of making dinner, cleaning the dishes and bed time routine (bath,brush their teeth, bed time story, or whatever routine they had before bed). So I do think $15 is a high price for someone who has to just sit and relax in the sofa. 

I know finding the right nanny-family match could take anywhere between weeks or months! Each particular case is different and the wait could be frustrating sometimes for both the family in need of help or the nanny looking for an extra income (or main income!)

I’m doing a project for my sociology class. Is a social study about nannies and families with nannies. If you could please help me here is the link to the survey https://goo.gl/forms/7OQSXT4Xe... It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and is very simple.

I’ll be happy to share the results of my study with the community.

Thank you in advance!

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I typically charge by my work and how many children I am caring for. Sometimes parents offer $20 an hour to me unexpectedly. When it comes to three young children for a date from 6 pm-midnight, I will typically charge $20 an hour. In this case however, I am the type of nanny who does not sit down and watch Netflix while the children are asleep. I make sure to clean the house! Wash dishes, clean counters, put laundry in the washer, etc. Once I feel the chores of the house are completed that is when I take the time to sit down and read a book until the parents arrive home. Mind you, once I am done with the housework the parents are usually on their way home. 

Possibly, consider your wants and needs to the nanny when hiring, or before the sitting position. Make sure to mention the importance of good work ethic and your hard earned money. 

This is one child who is sleeping, I do bath bed and my own household chores before I go out.

Well considering your position I think $20 an hour is way too much. I occasionally do overnights in which the pay is more like $10 an hour. $20 is unfair and not worthy! Like I said before, make sure to include what the needs of the position are? Maybe that would help potential babysitters rethink their charging price!

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I am looking for child care and I feel the price is crazy. I'm trying to figure out how much to offer

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That is a lot of money to pay a sitter.  The pay should reflect the amount of work expected.  If the sitter is cleaning the house from top to bottom and watching the kids that would be an appropriate pay rate but not if she's on the couch watching Netflix or playing on her phone.  I'm a caregiver and i don't even make $15/hr when the kids are awake!  Most parents just can't afford that and its unreasonable not to be willing to compromise on the pay. I guess those girls lose out on an opportunity to have a job.

Most people don't even make 25 dollars an hour. So how can they pay a sitter that much. Maybe for a special occasion, but if you need shift work, they will use someone they can afford. That is just a reality not someone being cheap.

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That's a crazy amount, I charge by the day, not the hour. Alot cheaper that way.

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Well im different i help the kids with home work teach them thing hang with them give them showers etc

How do you shower and teach a child while they are in bed?

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I would say that's pretty typical for a good quality care provider. I charge $15-20/hour for a single child and an additional $5 for every child thereafter. Then again QUALITY is the key word. I have a degree, years of experience, am bilingual, and have many permits and CPR certification. I could easily have my own program. Also I probably would not be watching Netflix. If the child(ren) are asleep a good care provider will clean or cook.

I'm sure your bilingual knowledge and abilities aren't valued when a child is.... ASLEEP. Unless you whisper to them to subconsciously teach them language during REM sleep and cook breakfast for the following morning lol

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As a Sitter/Nanny i feel $15 should be the max but $10 the cheapest. It also depends on the child, the kind of care they are giving, and if a full time or part timer. Either way 20$ an hour is just crazy

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I PUT MY KID TO SLEEP AND HAVE A CLEAN HOME BEFORE THE SITTER ARRIVES.

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I am currently babysitting a family who had this problem, she wanted way to much and did not care if the family could not afford her work. I do everything that I can for the children and the family, I have always gone into a home not expecting any type of pay. Unfortunately, I know that care.com can scare away a lot of people seeking help with their children because the lowest pay is 10$ an hour. I have always chosen when someone asks how much I am looking for to leave it all up to the family. I think when choosing a babysitter the money situation should be the first thing to look at, i dont think anyone should get paid a crazy amount for no work. It is honestly up to the family of the child. If you can't work with the child giver on the price, they may not be the one for you. 

This is a response to how parents (the employer) think about a babysitter who sits in their living room watching NetFlix while the baby or child is sleeping. In my experience as a Family Day Care Provider there is no difference on what time you provide child care whether it is day or night time. You are doing your responsibility to watch the child while she/ he sleeps. You are providing the time by being there. It is not your fault as a baby sitter that the child you are taking care fell asleep. The child should go to sleep at night or take a nap in the day time and your responsibilty is being there while she /he sleeps. You are doing your job by being there. There is no difference between reading your book and watch TV news or a movie while the baby is sleeping. As a baby-sitter you are being paid by your time watching the baby while sleeping. She /he still under your care while you are at the child residence. If the employer says to do something else while the child is sleeping then you should be paid for a job outside child care. The employer is taking you for the ride period!! You should get paid for doing extra job that is outside babysitting job! Most employers offer a baby sitter to watch a movie or listen to news while they are gone on a dinner date. My advise to employers is this, it is very difficult to find a trustworthy reliable and caring babysitter. If I were you treat your care provider like you want to be treated!! We, Care providers are highly educated though some are not but generally care providers are trained as great providers period. If it bothers you that a babysitter watch netflix or listen to news then you should stay home and have a date with your spouse at home if you do not like to pay the amount a babysitter deserves to get paid. We are NOT people that are to be taken for granted. We work for a living!! We provide the best of care so please be nice and appreciate a babysitter. My experience is that I am loved very much by all the family who hired me. They voluntarily had given me tips and name brand perfume/ cologne, high-end stylish lady's bag. Several times when I babysit at night for 4 hours I am expecting $80.00 but she gives me $120.00 so the tip is $40. Who do not want to be appreciated. It really feels very good when employer shows appreciation! She even asked me if I could iron their clothes it was okay to bring it home and iron their clothes and get paid extra! You see ironing clothes is definitely NOT part of a babysitting job! You should get paid Xtra for doing it. You have to speak up or you do not get the respect you deserved!! You do not want to be treated as a slave period! Extra work, Extra pay. Again, this is outside a babysitter's job function! Babysitting job is pertaining baby or child stuff and anything outside babysitting is extra pay! Both parties must be educated on job function! We, the Care Providers are very professional in doing our job! I do not know about you and what you want as a care giver but I highly respect myself and my profession as "The Top Notch Care Provider!" I may charge more because I know a lot, I am very skilled, experienced in the baby sitting industry! I am an educator in a lot of areas, I am a musician who provide "Babies Fun Time for small children" a tutor, a great cook (experienced cook at Mantra restaurant), love arts and crafts (experienced designer at Michael Art and Crafts). Experienced Family Day Care Provider for all ages! Mostly I am very much experienced in the child(ren) safety and the child development and early education and etc. I have so much to offer period. There are employers who pays for someone like me as much as $25 an hour for one child plus all the extras! Employers surprised me and paid my airfare round trip ticket on a paid vacation! I love their child(ren) and they love me! Written: Victoriana M. Massachusetts

I did not mean to offend you. And I'm certainly not saying you are a bad caregiver, but I am saying that it's very unusual for families for be able to just hand out 120$ for four hours of work. And I think as a caregiver you shouldn't expect the family to give you tips, you're taking care of their children, it's obvious already that they trust you. I tend to be more humble about things and take what the family can afford. I believe my job as a caregiver is to be there for the kids and family and not break the parents bank by expecting a crazy amount. But, then again it is always your choice on who you choose to babysit for and I applaud you for finding a family that can afford that price. Most families that I have cared for are not that wealthy.

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I think this situation totally depends on the age and maturity of the sitter/caregiver, the negotiated rate between the sitter and the parents, and how much the parents expect of the sitter when they are there. That's why I always do a small trial period with a new family to make sure it's a good fit for the long term. 

As a caregiver, I would never sit down and watch television, read a book, or do anything else unless I've done all my work. I do feel it is important for a sitter to get a break if they work a long day or very late into the night. However, if the person you hired is not living up to his/her duties, then that's not right. When I work later in the day and into the night, I don't lower my rates, but I definitely don't get $25 an hour! I get anywhere from $10-$20 an hour depending on the age and number of children I'm caring for. But when I'm working a late shift, and the kid(s) are asleep I always make sure that I get all the laundry done for the whole family, fold the clothes once they are dry, do the dishes/run the dishwasher, clean up the kitchen and living areas, and anything else the family needs done, including taking care of any pets, etc. I often will go upstairs and check on the kids to make sure they're OK through out the night. I will relax and sit down after all that for a little while, but it's usually midnight when I finally sit down. I don't think there anything wrong with that, but I do think it's wrong for a sitter to just do nothing when there is always something they can do to help a family out when the kids are sleeping. 

Overnight care shouldn't mean you have to lower your rates because it's a big responsibility to sleep at someone's house and make sure their kid(s) and household are OK. I have done many overnight shifts and some families have kids that wake up at 3 a.m., or the family dog needs to go out to pee at 4 a.m., so I'm in charge of getting up in the middle of the night to take care of all of that. I think that getting paid less over night isn't fair since the sitter is still on the clock as he/she will need to do their job even if they are ripped out of a sound sleep. Plus, during over nights I'm up really early in the mornings getting the kid(s) up and ready for school, making breakfast, taking care of the pets, and making sure that the house is secure before leaving for the day until I return in the evening.  

Hiring a sitter/caregiver is stressful, but there are lots of us out there that are worth taking a chance on!  

Amanda B.

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Answered By: Victoriana M (Massachusetts)

To the employer: Employer pays based on what part of the state and town you are from.  Where I am, babysitters get paid as high as $20.00 to $25.00 per hour per child.   The way I look at it is this, if you want the best for your child(ten) get "the top notch Babysitter/ Nanny" to teach your child(ren). It is an excellent investment for your kids rather than hiring someone who has very little to give to your precious children.  They do not know any better in terms of selecting which baby-sitter/ nanny is best for them.  They cannot make their decision on who is around them.  There is a true proverbs that goes this way, "Train up a child in the way he should go when he is old he shall not depart from it."  You as parents want to see excellent results in your child(ren) upbringing.  It will follow them wherever they go.  It gives bright future!  You do not want someone who speaks fowl lamguage around your kids, or smoke or have no idea on how to give your child a happy environment.  It is very important that your baby is happy with the babysitter.  You may want to save money by hiring someone with very little to offer your child but ask yourself this question.  Is my child worth enough to provide her/ him the best?  The best is "The Top Notch Babysitter!"  You may pay more but it is worth having someone that is very educated and have lots of child training in safety and experience in child development and child care in general.  

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I charge based on how many kids, age of child(ren, my years of experience, college education and other certifications on child safety and other trainings, and skills such as enrichment program for babies and toddlers to give them a great start before pre-school age.  Of course everything like bottle feeding, meal prep, change her/ his clothes, put the baby to nap. Newborn naps a lot it depends on age.  I divide the time throughout the day so the child is given the opportunity to learn everything.  Reading appropriate books according to their ages; know their ABC's by reading it or by singing it; to love numbers (creating in them to love numbers) you never know what can develop in them; creative imaginary arts (water painting or crayon coloring); FunTime: either take the child to the Library program or take her/ him to the park or playdates.  In the afternoon, take another nap and that is when I have time to do laundry for the baby, put away toys.  Some babies/ toddler are teething and cannot take a nap so i hum and put her /him to nap.  After nap i give snack (fruits) not junk foods. when they start crawling I have to watch the baby even more so because they put things in the mouth; also when eating even the food is cut really tiny in pieces toddlers do want to put lots of foods in their mouth and can get choak.  So safety on child is very important and so is the child development.  I also constantly interact with her, smile and give her my full attention!  For all of these things I do, I charge $20.00 to $25.00 per hour if it is full time.  Additional $5.00 per child.  If I were to do pertaining  baby only.  If I work longer than 40 hours, I should be paid overtime!!  When I had a family daycare, when parents were late picking up their children all family daycare charge $4.00 per minute late fees!  Some employers tipped me and also my breakfast was prepared when I arrived, One of them want to make sure I eat while taking care her child. She also paid my vacation plus booked the plane at her expense surprisingly!  She knows her child is loved and had given the best care for her child.  Unfortunately they moved to another state but we are still in touch sending me gifts (birthday gifts and christmas presents such as money and jewelries) as an appreciation to my excellent good works teaching her baby for 18 months.  She even said to me on a text, "It is crazy Victoriana, I want to fix my basement so you have a room and stay with us like a family."  I know I am loved by this family.  I also show so much love to their son and I provided a lot to make the baby learn so much that up to this day I am always remembered by them.  It is very dificult to find "the top notch babysitter /nanny!"  My advise to all employers is do something to prevent her from looking for another job.  It is very difficult to find a great Nanny!!  Give her a tip!!  Giving her a raise does not hurt!  All employees are constantly looking for a better position and more pay.  If you love your babysitter/ nanny prevent her from looking for another job!!  I am loved by all of them.  Answered by: Victoriana M  (Massachusetts)

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Totally agree.

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I am a babysitter and I definitely would not have my employers pay that much for watching there kid. I cost anywhere from 20-40$ a day so I'm a lot cheaper than most. The way I say to fix this problem is to tell them that they could met in the middle for payments or tell them that you won't pay that much.

Ok I don't know why it the clients complaining first of all they both agree that loots not coming back so take it or leave it is your choice...I'm looking for a caregiver for my daughter on my area please let me know bet you won't ask me what I pay my babysitter..

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